Juvenile prisoners resent delay in disposal of cases
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Juvenile detention centre inmates in southern Ghazni province complain they are faced with many problems besides their cases not addressed on time.
Based on Afghanistan’s laws, children below 18 years of age can be held at the juvenile correction centers. But a number of detainees at the Ghazni juvenile centre are above 19.
Dildar Khan, one of the detainees, told Pajhwok Afghan News he had been kept at the centre for the past two years, but his case was yet to be taken up.
“Our cases are not addressed in time; the rooms we live in are very small and we have no playground or other facilities,” he said, asking the authorities to decide his fate.
Another detainee, Allah Dad, 20, has been held at the centre for the past several years, but his case is yet to be disposed of.
“Years ago, I was brought to the center. But my case is yet to be processed,” he commented. Dad also complained about lack of space and a host of other problems that need to be addressed.
Governor Mohammad Aman Hamim promised the cases of juvenile detainees would be taken up in the near future. Other problems of the correction centre will also be resolved based on a plan.
Abdur Razaq Azizi, director justice, confirmed the juvenile centre problems. He linked the issues to the absence of a proper building for the facility, which operates in a rented structure.
He did not comment about delaying detainees’ cases, but said they would soon address them. Dozens of children including four girls are held at the facility.
Prisoners in other provinces of the country also grumble about inordinate delays in disposal of their cases. As a result, they have to languish in prison for longer terms.
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